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‘Sister Julia Mensah Was a Great Woman’

first_imgThe rector of the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the Rev. Canon Dr. James B. Sellee, has described the late sister Julia B. Mensah as a great woman, who served God and loved her fellow human beings.Canon Sellee made the assertion during the funeral service of Sister Julia B. Mensah, held last Saturday at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Camp Johnson Road, Monrovia.Canon Sellee explained that Jesus says to be great is to be a servant, not a master. “Sister Julia Mensah was great because she served her people and her church,” he declared. The canon recalled that Sister Julia sang in the church choir and served in the Usher Guild.  These are services that are strenuous and cannot be paid for, he noted. “The ushers serve at the door to the church, and the way they treat people determines whether or not they will come back to  the church. Sister Julia served faithfully in that area,” he stated.  “I remember, shortly after Christmas day last year, she took US$50.00 and gave it to me and I refused the money. Then she said to me, ‘You want to stop my blessing, Father?’” So I accepted it with gratitude. Yet, he said, “There are some of us who are very stingy even to our children, wives and family members.”Rev. Sellee explained that some people only believe in spending their money or services, including time, with other people and not with their children and family members, describing this as sad in the sight of God. The church, he declared, needs people like Sister Julia Mensah, who had the passion to serve the Lord, her church and people with everything she had.Rev. Sellee warned the congregation to stop engaging in things that would separate them from God. Serving God in His church and among His people was the best way to worship the Lord, he added.In his acknowledgements, Mr. Benoni Urey, cousin of the deceased, said their family had been troubled over the past three years with the deaths of many family members.Mr. Urey described Sister Mensah as an exceptional person who showed the family, her friends and others love and care.She was a real sister, not just a cousin, said Benoni, as he thanked God for sending her to their family, to the St. Thomas Episcopal Church family and to the world. Mr. Urey further expressed appreciation to all family members, friends and sympathizers who attended the funeral; as well as those who visited and comforted  Sister Julia during her illness.She is survived by three children, Reuben Mensah, Jr., Amerley Mensah and Amokor Mensah; brothers and sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Johnson Hopkins, Clemenceau B. Urey, Sr., Mrs. Annabel Urey Tingba, Henry Nea Urey, James Tiada Urey, Mrs. Felicia Urey Gaye; and many other relatives and friends.Following the funeral service, the cortege departed for Careysburg, where interment took place in the Woodson Family Cemetery.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warm or Cold Water? Make Your Choice and See What Happens to Your Body

first_imgAn adult body consists of 50% to 60% of water. This liquid is vital for our health and it’s crucial for our body to function properly. But how should you drink it — cold or warm, and which is better? Most of us tend to choose a glass of cold water, especially during hot weather, as it tastes better and is more refreshing. But, actually, it is warm water that is proven to be much more beneficial to our health.We have gathered all the pros and cons of drinking warm and cold water.Cold waterCold water is about 45°F to 70°F. It feels good, especially on a hot summer day. As we drink a glass of cold water, adding some ice to it, we feel revitalized. However, it has been revealed that people experience many side effects when they drink cold water.1. It can upset your digestion.As you consume cold water, your blood vessels shrink, which hinders your digestive abilities. It may lead to stomach upsets, abdominal pain, and constipation.2. It saps energy.Your body uses extra energy to warm up cold water in order to bring to the average temperature. This is why you shouldn’t drink ice water unless you want to feel exhausted and unable to complete your daily tasks.3. It slows your heart rate.Drinking cold water can cause your heart rate to drop. It stimulates the vagus nerve, which forms an important part of the body’s autonomous nervous system. The low temperature of the water acts as a stimulus for the vagus nerve to lower the heart rate.4. It creates mucus in your body.Drinking cold water causes the mucus in your body to expand. Your immune system deteriorates and it may lead to many unpleasant circumstances — from a runny nose to grave illnesses.Warm waterWarm water is 80°F to 106°F. Normally, we don’t tend to drink it this way, as we prefer to drink either coffee or tea at this temperature. But there are actually many benefits of drinking warm water!1. It detoxifies your body.Drinking warm water, especially in the morning, will help you flush out toxins in your body that can contribute to numerous diseases. For a stronger effect, add a slice of lemon to the warm water: vitamin C will revive the cells while warm water will detoxify your body.2. It fights pain.Warm water has been proven to relieve pain caused by menstruation and headaches. It increases blood circulation and improves the blood flow. If you experience cramps, you should also drink warm water, as it will help the cramped muscles relax.3. It decreases the level of stress.It’s not just a hot bath that can make the stress melt away. Try drinking a glass of warm water when you’re feeling stressed. It will help the central nervous system function properly. Cortisol is one of the stress hormones and being dehydrated increases its level. Staying hydrated keeps you more stress-resistant.4. It helps lose weight.Drinking any water can help you lose weight, but if you drink warm water, your metabolism will become fully activated. Warm water increases the body temperature and while your body tries to compensate for the difference in temperatures, the calories start burning.5. It improves blood circulation.Cold water is known to close up your veins while warm water helps the blood flow freely. Healthy blood flow is known to affect many aspects of your body, from blood pressure to a risk of cardiovascular disease.6. It helps digestion.Many of us experience problems when going to the toilet when there’s little or no bowel movement. Dehydration is one of the most common causes of constipation, so water, in general, stimulates the bowels. Warm water has been proven to be even more effective in improving bowel moment.7. It halts premature aging.Womans face before and after aging. Young woman and old woman with wrinkles. The same person in her youth and old age. Vector Illustration.Aging prematurely is one of the worst nightmares for women. Moreover, the increasing presence of toxins in a woman’s body can make this nightmare come true. Warm water can help your body flush away toxins.Sourcelast_img read more